NCOV has finally hit Manila and it went from 0 to 5 deaths in just a few days.
Needless to say, Filipinos are rattled because if we're all going to be honest, we're one of those countries that are NOT EQUIPPED to survive a pandemic.
The fact that we have 2000 testing kits for a population of 10M should be evidence enough. It's sad. It's disheartening but as always, the Filipino will survive this with a smile on their faces, ready to wave when a camera passes by.
So, what has this taught me?
1. Health is wealth but there are people who will be susceptible and needs to be protected. I have a newborn and obviously, being a month old only, my baby doesn't have the strongest immune system yet.
It's scary for me as a Mom because we're so defenseless.
Yes, we take precautionary measures but how about the people we encounter on a daily basis? What if they don't take this seriously and do not take preventive measures?
We can stock up on multivitamins, veggies, and what not but all it takes is one droplet that gets transmitted for things to be over.
2. Fight or flight. People are wired to survive. This time, since there's no flight option, almost everyone is going on fight mode. Hoarding has begun, panic buying has set in, and a single cough or sneeze in public can easily turn you into public enemy number one most especially if you have fair skin and almond eyes.
It's a sad reality because honestly, hating on that Chinese looking person won't add another layer of protection for your safety.
3. I see your true colors. Crisis always brings out the best and worst in people. When the going gets tough, people will always reveal their true colors. People will either help others out or help only themselves.
This Corona Virus reminds me of movies involving end of the world and apocalypses. In the movies, it always shows two kinds of people and now, it's exactly what is happening to the real world.
It's a sad reality but it's our reality. Hopefully, things change and people realize that just like in the movies, the only way people will survive is if everyone helps each other out.